Sunday, April 1, 2012

Did you ever wonder what the Titanic looks

The Magazine Cover of April's issue of National Geographic, which  features the Titanic

I'll confess...I saw the James Cameron movie three times while it was in the theaters. I was in middle school and my girlfriends and I loved it. 

This doesn't have anything to do with the movie per se, but the actual shipwreck. Although the movie is being re-released in 3-D to celebrate (? do you celebrate that? Maybe it's more to mark the occasion) of the centenary (like that word? thanks Wikipedia!) of the sinking of the Titanic, which happened in 1912. 

National Geographic (which I'm addicted to btw...) decided to join a scientific group and they went back to the crash site and took pictures of the entire ship. There's been a television special and a really wonderful article on National Geographic's website about the ship, why it went down and the controversy that surrounded RMS Titanic, Inc. which is the legal guardian of the wreck. They're the ones putting on the Titanic artifact exhibit that is touring the country. 

Anyway, I'll keep this short (short for me at least). What's new on this exploration of the Titanic is that the group took numerous sonar images of the three by five mile shipwreck area. The images were pieced together and to create high-def pictures of the ship as a whole. 

Titanic's stern from overhead

James Cameron explains in the article why these pictures are so interesting (because they're so clarifying): 
"For more than two miles, the stern made its tortured descent—rupturing, buckling, warping, compressing, and gradually disintegrating. By the time it hit the ocean floor, it was unrecognizable... “We didn’t want the Titanic to have broken up like this,” he [Cameron] said. “We wanted her to have gone down in some kind of ghostly perfection.” -From the National Geographic Article

Titanic profile

Titanic's bow

All photos are from MSNBC's photoblog. From the article called National Geographic features new images from the unseen Titanic (3/30/2012)

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